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Sweet and Salty Chocolate Reindeer

You can enlist little hands to help position the antlers, eyes and noses on these adorable, crisp reindeer cookies. —Pat Habiger, Spearville, Kansas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    4 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 96 miniature pretzels
  • 96 M&M's miniature baking bits
  • 48 small red gumdrops

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine the flour, cocoa, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  • Divide dough into 8 portions; cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 375°. On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion into a 6-in. circle; cut into 6 wedges. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Press in pretzels for antlers, baking bits for eyes and a gumdrop for the nose.
  • Bake 7-9 minutes or until set. Cool 1 minute before removing from pans to wire racks. Store in an airtight container.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 119 calories, 4g fat (3g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 130mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.
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